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Sonny Til and the Orioles: Sonny Til and the Orioles (RCA)

Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, September 1971

BACK IN THE FIFTIES there was something called The New York Sound. It was classed as R&B, but unlike the tough, electrified R&B of Ike & Tina Turner or Howlin' Wolf, it found its strength in the delicate harmonies of black vocal groups.

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